Recently I attended the Job Hunters Boot Camp at the College of San Mateo. This event was sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and was the sixth such event that has taken place since January 2010. Hats off to Congresswoman Speier and the folks at CSM who pulled off a fabulous event.
In her opening remarks Congresswoman Speier suggested that this was “not just a job fair”. This was an event designed to identify and develop a job search “skill bank that will work in this century”. The event absolutely lived up to the hype. Although there were quite a number of employer booths, there were plenty of other resources for job seekers to avail themselves to. Among the services provided were a variety of workshops on job search tools and strategies, coaching on résumé writing and interview techniques, information about training and continuing education, and representatives from EDD to talk about unemployment insurance and other services. There was even a photographer offering free professional photos for your LinkedIn profile page. Lunch was also provided at the event. And oh by the way, the cost for this event …nada. San Mateo County resident’s tax dollars were hard at work, but unlike some government programs, you could actually see a tangible benefit from those tax dollars being utilized.
The event was scheduled to run from 10am-2:30pm, but many of the hundreds of attendees started arriving around 9am to begin networking with the different company and agency representatives. Although the event was open to all job seekers, the target audience was mature workers, veterans, and recent college graduates. Workshops were selected to address the specific needs of these groups. Among the topics offered at the workshops were “Strategies for the Mature Job Seeker”, “Linked In: Your Profile and Why it’s Vital to Your Career Search”, and “Veterans: Embracing Transition”. During the afternoon sessions, employer panel discussions were offered with a focus on industries that are hiring and look to continue to hire into the future.
These kinds of events and resources are offered in a variety of formats. Other than job fairs, attendees of these events could normally expect to shell out a few hundred dollars. To have all these resources available under one roof and at no cost, is just an incredible and inspiring accomplishment. It was very satisfying to see government and employment leaders coming together and providing valuable services for the citizens of the community. This was an outstanding event for San Mateo County residents and I would urge any job seeker or potential job seeker to attend the next one that comes along. For more information on the Job Hunters Boot Camp, check out Congresswoman Speier’s website www.speier.house.gov and click on Constituent Services.